Critical Enquiry MEd

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What is special about this course?

The Master of Education: Critical Enquiry is a three-year, part-time online programme for professionals working in education settings. Participants build on their skills in reflective practice to critically engage with educational theory, research, policy and complex professional issues.

The programme utilises a collaborative approach to online learning, with learning activities designed to develop teacher agency, support professional dialogue and develop critical enquiry to inform practice. Participants choose the focus of their work on each module to fit with their professional interests and responsibilities. The collaborative learning activities support participants to work together on practice and develop creative responses to professional issues.

Special features

  • The course is fully online, allowing you to fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments
  • You will have the opportunity to develop your professional skills
  • Specifically, you will use theory to reflect on practice; critically reflect and engage with a range of professional issues; develop your collaborative skills and work as an effective member of a team
  • You will carry out educational enquiries and research in your workplace
  • Aligned with the General Teaching Council of Scotland (GTCS) standard for career-long professional learning
  • There are face-to-face events in November and June, where you will have the opportunity to meet fellow students and share the outcomes of your enquiries

Entry requirements

  • Honours or ordinary degree with relevant practice experience
  • You must be employed full-time or part-time within an education setting

*Funding support notice*

Postgraduate Loans (SAAS) (Scotland-domiciled and EU students)

Loans for tuition fees are available from SAAS for eligible Scotland-domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.

A limited number of additional funded places are also available. For further information, please contact the Course Information Line or call 01463 279190.


  • Introduction to critical enquiry
  • Policy and practice
  • Collaborative enquiry


  • School based research approaches
  • Critical reflection and enquiry
  • Teacher agency and professional practice


  • To achieve the award of MEd you must submit a proposal for and complete an educational enquiry project

How will I study my course?

  • Part-time (structured)
  • You will study through supported online learning via the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Activities and reading are supported with online seminars enabling discussion with tutors and peers
  • There are face-to-face events in November and June, where you will have the opportunity to meet fellow students and share the outcomes of your enquiries


How long will my course last?

  • Part-time (structured): 3 years

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness College UHI

Start date

  • August


The following fees apply to this taught postgraduate course :

2019-20Scottish onlineRest of UK online (inc EU)
Per module (20 credits) £560 £650
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,680 £1,950
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,360 £3,900
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £5,000 £5,850

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.


From 2017, eligible Scotland-domiciled students studying full-time for any taught postgraduate course, up to full Masters level, can access loans up to £10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. EU students studying full-time can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5,500.

Part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level, who meet the residency eligibility, can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year.

Full details can be found on the SAAS website. Applications for loans open in April.

Students from the rest of the UK who meet the eligibility requirements may be able to apply for a loan from the Student Loan Company.

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

The programme provides teachers working in Scotland with direct links to the professional standard structure they work within (GTCS, 2012) and will provide individual participants with evidence to support the process of professional update that they engage in to record their professional learning.

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What our students, graduates and staff say

Committing to studying when working full-time with a family can be very demanding. However, after successfully completing year one of the MEd, I already feel that I have a better understanding of aspects of my professional practice. I have gained so much already - not least a new job - that I know it was the right decision for me.

Hayley graduated from the MEd Critical Enquiry while working full-time in education in Moray.

Apply for Critical Enquiry MEd

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2020

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.